Sarah Raven’s top winter gardening tips for November.
THE END OF NOVEMBER is quickly approaching, and with winter approaching, the garden is probably the last place you want to be when it’s dark and cold.
Sarah Raven, on the other hand, believes that there is still plenty of gardening to be done during the winter.
Gardening in the late autumn can be a depressing experience, with the vibrant colors of summer long gone.
While many of us avoid the piles of autumn leaves and bare branches, few realize the importance of getting out in the garden before winter sets in. This website spoke with gardening expert Sarah Raven to find out what she’ll be doing in the garden this November and why you should too.
When it comes to maintaining a full and vibrant garden throughout the year, preparation is essential.
While putting together a colorful display during the chilly autumn months can be difficult, Sarah Raven believes we shouldn’t neglect our gardens this month.
“The garden undergoes a lot of change in the winter months; colors fade, and it becomes a little less productive than it was in late summer,” Sarah told This website exclusively.
“However, there’s still a lot to do to get ready for next year, and there’s still plenty of produce to savor and enjoy throughout the cold season.”
As we approach winter, the rich orange hues of the October harvest fade to green.
By substituting green peas for autumnal vegetables such as pumpkins and squash, you’ll have a bumper crop in the spring and summer.
“November is the ideal time to begin sowing sweet peas for the following year – just make sure they spend the winter under cover,” Sarah explained.
Planning next year’s vegetables will allow for a good crop rotation, but Sarah emphasizes the importance of growing different varieties each year.
To create a colorful and diverse growth in your garden, group different types of vegetables together.
“Some annual crops like cucurbits (courgettes, pumpkins, squashes, marrows, and cucumbers), French and runner beans, salads (endive, lettuce, and chicory), and sweetcorn can be grown wherever you have space,” Sarah told this website.
She will also be sorting, according to the Sussex-based gardening expert and renowned author.
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